Sara Scott

Created by Karl Alexander

“Tequila? It’s a little early for me. It doesn’t go with toothpaste.”

In the 1980 novel A Private Investigation, young widow SARA SCOTT takes a job as a Venice, California private eye so she can continue to search for her late journalist husband’s killers (he wrote for Rolling Stone). Not as sappy as it sounds, it’s an ambitious, if not always successful read, as Sara, obsessed with her husband’s murder, slowly comes apart, even as she gets closer and closer to the killers. The effects of crime upon its victims are well-drawn, and add depth to the story.

The novel, by Karl “Time After Time” Alexander was met with mixed reviews, but was turned into a pretty good 1983 made-for-television movie, Missing Pieces, with Elizabeth (Bewitched) Montgomery dishing up what I thought was a convincing performance as Sara. And some of the dialogue was quite snappy, too.

UNDER OATH

  • “… an engaging above average thriller.”
    — Leonard Maltin on the TV movie

NOVELS

TELEVISION

  • MISSING PIECES
    (1983, CBS)
    96 minutes
    Based on the novel by Karl Alexander
    Screenplay by Mike Hodges
    Directed by Mike Hodges
    Produced by Barry Krost and Doug Chapin
    Starring Elizabeth Montgomery as SARA SCOTT
    Also starring Ron Karabatsos, Louanne, John Reilly, Robin Gammel, Julius Harris
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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